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Relocating to Central Florida? Find Out About North Orlando

Updated: Dec 17, 2021

Orlando, The City Beautiful, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and a wonderful place to live. Whether you’re going to college, raising a family, retiring, or somewhere in between, Orlando offers something for everyone: culture, food, arts, education, sports, jobs, outdoor recreation, fun, sun, and more! Greater Orlando spreads across four counties, including Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole. If you’re relocating to Central Florida, finding the area that will be the best fit for you, your family, and your pets might seem like a challenge, but an experienced realtor like The Urban Dog Group at Coldwell Banker can help you navigate the diverse areas and lifestyles of our city.

We will be highlighting a different area of Central Florida as part of a series to show the unique city, suburban, and rural characters of Orlando proper as well as the areas to the north, south, east, and west. As your pet-friendly realtor, we will also include pet-related information, such as dog parks, veterinarians, groomers, and more.


With miles of flowing rivers and acres of scenic parks, North Orlando is a beautiful area for exploring the natural beauty of Central Florida. You can enjoy an airboat ride with Black Hammock Adventures or bike around the quaint town of Sanford. Of course, there’s art and culture too, thanks to places like the Enterprise Heritage Center and Museum and Gallery on First. With golf courses, shopping centers, spas, and restaurants galore, North Orlando is sure to offer something for the whole family.

Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs is an Orlando suburb in Seminole County with just over 43,000 residents. Less than 15 minutes from downtown and only 45 minutes from Daytona Beach, locals appreciate the quieter but still convenient location. You’re sure to love Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte, a premier outdoor venue positioned around a 37-acre lake with a mile of continuous walkways. Your furry friends are welcome on non-event days as long as they stay on a leash. The park, which welcomes more than one million visitors each year, is available to host weddings, private parties, corporate functions, fundraising walks, and runs, concerts, food festivals, and more — including an upcoming Halloween celebration (no pets allowed though!). Other outdoor areas include Lake Lotus Park, a 150-acre nature preserve, and Merrill Park.


The nearly 57,000 residents of Longwood (both incorporated and unincorporated) enjoy the city’s rich history, job opportunities, strong public schools, and diversity. With numerous veterinarians, animal hospitals, pet groomers, dog trainers, and pet stores, you and your furry pals will be well taken care of! Dog owners can take their four-legged pals to Arbor Dog Park, which features fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, doggie fountains, and clean-up stations, as well as Shadow Hill Park, built around a beautiful lake. Dog daycare centers like Preppy Pet Longwood and The Parc Pet Suites, Sports & Spas can assist you during your long days at work or time away on family vacations. If you’re considering relocating to Central Florida, Longwood will be an excellent home for you and your family.


Another popular spot in Seminole County, Casselberry is located less than 15 miles from Orlando and home to nearly 28,000 residents who appreciate the city’s dedication to the arts, highly-rated public schools, and beautiful outdoor spaces, including Lake Concord Park. Golfers will enjoy Casselberry Golf Club, a staple in the community thanks to its superb amenities and service. Pawmosa Dog Park is well-loved by dog owners for the ample shade, easy parking, and water-drinking stations. Other dog-friendly spots include Secret Lake Park, Sunnytown Park, and Dew Drop Park. With six nearby animal clinics and five pet groomers, you and your pets will be happy here!

Lake Mary

With a population of just over 16,000 and a sparse suburban feel, Lake Mary is ranked as the second-best place to live in Seminole County (after Oviedo, featured in Part 2 of our series). This fast-growing area is located 18 miles north of Orlando and continues to be the choice location for high-tech businesses. Residents enjoy well-planned communities, good public schools, and a variety of shopping and restaurant options. A favorite spot is, perhaps, the walkable downtown area, home to fine dining, boutiques, offices, and a beautiful park as well as the Events Center and City Hall. It also hosts WineART Wednesdays during the first week of every month, which includes food trucks, a wine and beer garden, artists, and live music. Home to BarkPark and Liberty Park and close to over 10 more dog-friendly parks, your furry friend will love Lake Mary as much as you do!

Let The Urban Dog Group help you with your home needs. Contact Christine Elias at

To read Part 1 (West Orlando) of this series, click here.

To read Part 2 (East Orlando) of this series, click here.

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